James Yuichi Sato

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Tips on photographing fireworks on the Fourth of July

Since most fireworks photos are now taken with a smartphone, I decided to add some tips specifically for that style of camera. The cellphone camera is just so convenient to use. Who wants to carry around a heavy tripod and DSLR and stake out a location for hours on the Fourth of July?<p>This year, I’m …

Recreation

Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area

Troubling inequities are revealed when you look at the country by total property values.<p>Cartograms are fun tools for swapping out land area for some other variable. For certain figures, especially data that swing wildly at one of the end of the spectrum or another, cartograms are ideal. They’re …

CERN's Large Hadron Collider has discovered a new class of particle

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of the pentaquark, a class of subatomic particle consisting of four quarks and one antiquark bound together. Like the Higgs boson before it, the pentaquark's existence has been theorized for years, but experiments in the …

5 things you need to know about Greece's financial meltdown

Greece said it will close its banks on Monday after a wild weekend in which worried Greeks lined up at ATMs to withdraw their savings, and European …

The Soccer Dad Who Brought Down FIFA

Chuck Blazer went from suburban New York kiddie coach to flying on private jets with soccer’s global elite. Now he’s the Mr. Big of informants.<p>One …

Corruption

Fortune.com

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10 pro photography tips that only come with experience

While it’s relatively easy to wrap your head around the controls of a DSLR and get to grips with the fundamentals of digital photography, there are …

Landscape Photography

Testing the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens Against Lenses by Major Manufacturers

Most of you know I’ve been very impressed with Sigma’s new Art lenses. Their 35mm f/1.4 Art I still think is the sharpest 35mm prime lens made. The …

LHC reboot: the world's largest particle accelerator is now active

'What we’ve put together is almost a new machine.'<p>The Large Hadron Collider is reborn — on Easter weekend, of course. After shutting it down for two years in February 2013, the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator is up and running again. That doesn't mean that it's going at full …

How to Create Custom Bokeh Shapes in Your Photos

Bokeh, or the quality of the out of focus area in a photograph, is an easy way to add interest to your images. By making a bokeh filter for your …

Aperture

Tim Cook still hasn’t deleted Steve Jobs from his contacts

It’s been over three years since Steve Jobs died, however the hole he left at Apple and those closest to him still hasn’t been filled. Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli’s upcoming book <i>Becoming Steve Jobs</i> is full of anecdotes and events that showcase just how much Steve meant to his friends.<p>One such …

John Lasseter

5 Lessons Learned Switching from DSLR to Mirrorless for Travel Photography

Two months ago, after shooting for 10 years with Canon, I completely switched to Sony. It surprised some readers of my blog, as well as some fellow …

Cameras

Google warns of fake digital certificates issued for its domains and potentially others (Updated)

Google revealed today that it has discovered several fake digital certificates for some of its domains.<p>That’s bad, because any browser accessing these domains via transport layer security (TLS; the latest security protocol, and a successor to SSL) counts on a certificate in order to be sure that …

IT security

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew died at age 91 after he was hospitalised in early February with severe pneumonia. He transformed the port city into one of the wealthiest countries in the world.<p><b>2.</b> Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the country's …

Lee Kuan Yew

5 myths about Google

Search is Google's primary product.<p>Its search engine is so widely used that "Google" has become a dictionary-approved verb, and the company makes virtually all of its money by selling ads connected to search.<p>But Google's ventures into self-driving cars and balloons that deliver Internet …

Sergey Brin

Elon Musk: cars you can drive will eventually be outlawed

Because humans can't have nice things<p>Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk believes that cars you can control will eventually be outlawed in favor of ones that are controlled by robots. The simple explanation: Musk believes computers will do a much better job than us to the point where, statistically, …

Tesla makes it 'impossible' for drivers to unintentionally run out of range

Tesla Motors’ latest over-the-air software update aims to not just ease fears about running out of battery power before reaching another charger. …

Is Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae Worth Playing?

Nine years after it was first announced, Final Fantasy XV was finally put in player's hands this week in the form of a demo, Episode Duscae. There's a lot of content in Duscae, and for Final Fantasy fans like me who have been waiting nearly a decade to play Noctis' story, it's a no-brainer that …

Final Fantasy XV

Where to watch today's solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse will take place tomorrow as the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth. Although only a small part of the world will experience the full eclipse — known as a totality — residents of Europe and even North Africa and Asia can enjoy a partial eclipse in the morning. Astronomers …

Faroe Islands

Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Will Arrive This Summer, Reveals Tests With Xiaomi

Microsoft confirmed today that Windows 10 will launch this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. Frustratingly, though, the company isn’t dishing an actual launch date for its hotly-anticipated new platform, but an interesting new nugget of information was let out today.<p>The company previously …

'Recklessness and Rebellion': Meet The Cool Kids of South Korea

From Kid Nostalgia<br>Sungjin Park<p>1 of 14<p>Collared shirts, pleated skirts, awkward haircuts, and acne, all these are present in South Korean photographer …

The Steve Jobs You Didn’t Know: Kind, Patient, And Human

The untold story of Tim Cook’s friendship with Steve Jobs—and why Jobs wouldn’t let Cook try to save his life.<p>According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, he first learned about Steve’s need for a liver transplant in January 2009. By that time Steve wasn’t coming into the office at all, and Cook would visit …

Google will fly a crazy, plane-like, 84-foot wind turbine next month

Astro Teller tells the crowd at SXSW that the 28-foot versions didn't crash<p>Google plans to fly an 84-foot wind turbine next month, according to Google X's Astro Teller, who spoke at SXSW today.<p>Google's wind turbines don't look like the ones you might see along the US coastline. They're more like …